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Partnering Organizations
The ArtsLiteracy Project, Brown University
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
Parque Áak
Blue Planet Writers Room
Plan Estratégico de Mérida
The Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University
SmART Schools
The Boston Arts Academy
Center for Music-in-Education

Habla’s advisors are international leaders in their fields who are helping to build Habla from the ground up. They share Habla’s vision for a world where students in community and school settings have space to sharpen their voices in multiple literacies and languages. They also believe that we can make our boldest advances in the field of education by partnering across disciplines and borders.

+ Arnold Aprill
Arnold Aprill the Founding and Creative Director of CAPE, comes from a background in professional theater as an award-winning director, producer and playwright. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is one of the co-editors of Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning. He consults nationally and internationally on the role of the arts in effective school improvement. He has been recognized for exceptional leadership by the Chicago Community Trust and by the Leadership for a Changing World initiative supported by the Ford Foundation. aaprill@capeweb.org
+ Gail Burnaford
Gail Burnaford holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Georgia State University. Since 2003, she has been Professor of Teacher Education at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches doctoral course work in program evaluation and instructional practices. Prior to this, she was Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education at Northwestern University, with a focus on teacher development, arts education, and program evaluation. burnafor@fau.edu
+ Richard Deasy
Richard Deasy is the former director of the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a coalition of over 100 education, arts, business, philanthropic, and government organizations that demonstrate and promote the essential role of arts education in enabling all students to succeed in school, life, and work. Under his leadership, AEP published seminal research studies and reports that are credited with major advances in arts education in the United States. Mr. Deasy has been a senior state education official in Maryland and Pennsylvania, president and CEO of the National Council for International Visitors, and a prize-winning reporter on politics and government in Philadelphia and the surrounding metropolitan area. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on slum housing conditions in suburban Philadelphia. deasyr@aol.com
+ James McLaughlin
James McLaughlin is the Richard James Mertz Chair of Education at Rollins College. With over 20 years of experience as a professor, McLaughlin has a vast academic background in higher education, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Over the years, he has worked with teams of teachers to develop research projects related to their own questions, and has written with them about this kind of action research. He continues to consult with teachers on school-wide research projects. At the graduate level, he has taught courses about curriculum theory and history, global perspectives of education, and action research. He also advises many master’s and doctoral students and takes leadership in international issues at the college and university level.
+ Len Newman
Len Newman consults with schools internationally on how they can better serve populations of students with special learning needs. He served as a mentor teacher for eight years at Brown Summer High School, working with the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University. Len has worked with numerous school districts as a district supervisor for special education and as a classroom teacher in both rural and urban school settings. His work is grounded in the philosophies of Paulo Freire and Howard Gardner, and he is known for creating welcoming learning environments for immigrant student populations. His classrooms have been featured in various publications and in the books Third Space and A Reason to Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts. lafong18@yahoo.com
+ Nick Rabkin
Nick Rabkin is a Senior Research Scientist at Academic Research Centers, NORC, in the University of Chicago. He was the deputy commissioner of cultural affairs for Chicago under Mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley. Rabkin was also the senior program officer for the arts and culture at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a decade. He directed the Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College Chicago until 2008. He has written widely on arts education, including Putting the Arts in the Picture: Reframing Education in the 21st Century (2005), and a recent monograph on arts education and arts participation for the National Endowment for the Arts. Rabkin recently completed the first large scale study of teaching artists at NORC at the University of Chicago, and is a research affiliate of the Center for Cultural Policy at the University. nrabkin@yahoo.com
+ Daniel Soares
Daniel Soares is a pioneer of both literature and second language learning instruction. He is currently the director of teacher education programs at the University of Goias, Brazil, and the founder of OLY in Inhumas, Brazil. OLY is a language school that incorporates ArtsLiteracy practices into language development. Daniel has won several national awards in Brazil for his approach to teacher education. danialdo10@yahoo.com.br
+ Patricia Sobral
Patricia Sobral was educated in Brazil and the United States and has lived all her life between and in the midst of several cultures. She holds a Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University, where she is currently a faculty member. She is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Patricia teaches a number of courses in Portuguese via the arts (intensive, intermediate, media, film, and performance), and two courses in English, a first-year seminar, Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities and Artful Teaching: Integrating the arts and foreign and second language acquisition. Patricia Sobral is the recipient of the 2012 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown and the Undergraduate Student Council Award for Teaching and Advising. She is co-author of Ponto de Encontro and Viajando Através do Alfabeto and the upcoming Mapeando o Português Através das Artes (Nov 2013). She integrates the performing, visual, digital, and literary arts to enhance language acquisition, deepen cultural awareness, and demonstrate how the arts can promote change. patricia_sobral@brown.edu
+ Doris Sommer
+ Sam Seidel
Sam Seidel is the author of Hip Hop Genius and the Editor-in-Chief of The Husslington Post website. He is a Community Fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design, a teacher at the Rhode Island Training School (the state’s juvenile prison) through the AS220 Broad Street Studio, and an education consultant. Sam has previously served as the Director of Partnerships and Annual Reviews for the Association for High School Innovation and as the Director of the AS220 Broad Street Studio. sam@husslingtonpost.com
+ Dr. Lauren Stevenson
Dr. Lauren Stevenson has over a decade of experience as a researcher, evaluator, and leader in arts education and youth development. As the senior associate for research at the national Arts Education Partnership (AEP) she directed a national research study on the role of arts education in transforming K-12 schools and led a task force with the American Educational Research Association to develop an agenda for future arts education research. Prior to her work at AEP, Dr. Stevenson researched school reform and youth policy at the American Institutes for Research where she served as the youth coordinator of a national technical assistance center and supported youth leaders across the country in changing youth serving systems. She is the co-author of two books about the arts and educational and community change. Dr. Stevenson holds a Doctorate in Education Administration and Policy Analysis and Master's in Sociology from Stanford University, and a Bachelor's in History-Sociology from Columbia University. lstevenson@alumni.stanford.edu
+ Cynthia Weiss
Cynthia Weiss is an award-winning public artist, painter, and educator. She directs the Arts Integration Mentorship Project, Project AIM, at the Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Columbia College Chicago. Cynthia is co-editor of a new Columbia College publication; AIMprint: New Relationships in the Arts and Learning, and co-editor with Gail Burnaford and Arnold Aprill of Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning, 2001. Cynthia is fluent in Spanish and always inspired by translations across art forms, language and culture.  cynweiss@gmail.com
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